Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
On every second Monday of January, you will probably meet a few young men and women in Japanese traditional clothing, the kimono. Especially the ladies, they have elaborate hairstyles to complement their brightly colored Furisode (振袖/ long-sleeved kimono). Almost certainly, these are participants invited for a Seijin Shiki (成人式/ Coming-of-Age Ceremony), organized by their local city hall for Seijin no hi (成人の日).
The Coming-of-Age Day is a Japanese national holiday to honor the Hatachi (二十歳/ twenty years old). In Japan, when someone turns twenty, he or she will be legally recognized as an adult. The “new” adult will then have the right to vote, to get married without parental consent, to smoke cigarette and drink alcohol.
Organizers of Coming-of-Age ceremonies are usually the local governments. They, or their invited famous persons will hold speeches to encourage these young adults to be socially responsible and law-abiding citizens. Despite of their good intentions, it is a common sight to see the twenty-year-olds “escape” elsewhere (nearby) to chit-chat instead. And ironically, news of rowdy and childish misbehaviors disrupting ceremonies are also common. I suppose wisdom and maturity do not necessarily goes hand in hand with age. Here’s a quote, so very very true! LOL
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. ~ Chili Davis
I did an Etegami (Picture Postcard) for “Coming-of-Age Day.”
Message: Shuku ♡ Seijin (Congratulations on your Coming-of-age)